The ’over’ has cashed four of the seven Mets, Braves games in New York.
Hurricane Irene initially caused the problem and leftovers from Tropical Storm Lee may compound the issue.
There's a doubleheader on tap at Citi Field Thursday where the New York Mets host the Atlanta Braves on a day originally scheduled to be a break for both clubs. The games were made necessary when Irene wiped out most of a weekend set near the end of August.
Mother Nature may try and interfere again with a 70 percent chance of thundershowers in Thursday's forecast for Queens. Afternoon highs are barely going to creep into the 70s.
Atlanta probably wishes the series in Philadelphia this week had been knocked out by inclement weather. The Braves dropped the first two games of the set and went into Wednesday's finale as 120 underdogs to Roy Oswalt and the Phils.
The good news is Atlanta will have at least a 6.5-game lead in the National League Wild Card race when this doubleheader begins. The bad news is the Braves are sliding into a rut at the wrong time of the season, losing four of their last five before Wednesday's game.
Game 1 of Thursday's twinbill (4:10 p.m. ET) has a couple of rookies set to start against each other according to the clubs' MLB.com sites. Julio Teheran (0-2, 5.19) will make his third MLB start for Atlanta against New York's Chris Schwinden, who is making his major league debut.
Teheran is Atlanta's next great pitching prospect after tearing up the International League this season (15-3, 2.55 ERA). The 20-year-old Colombian filled in briefly for the parent club in May, both of his assignments coming on the road (Philadelphia and Arizona), both ending in defeat for the Braves and Teheran failing to last through five full innings in either game.
Schwinden started the year in Double-A before an early promotion to the Triple-A Buffalo squad, also in the International League. The 43rd-round draft pick from 2008 made 26 starts for Buffalo with an 8-8 record and 3.95 ERA.
Thursday's nightcap is currently listed for a 7:30 p.m. (ET) first pitch and also will feature a pair of young hurlers in lefty Mike Minor (8-3, 4.09) for the Braves and Dillon Gee (15-8, 4.48) for the Mets.
It's a rematch of an Aug. 7 game at Citi Field in which neither pitched well and Atlanta won 6-5 getting +105 on the MLB odds. Minor came out in the sixth after allowing four of New York's runs, and Gee left after the fifth having been charged with five Braves runners coming plateward.
The teams enter the doubleheader with New York owning a slight 7-6 advantage in head-to-head meetings this season. They will meet once more in a little more than a week for three games in Atlanta. 'Under' bettors have gone home happy in seven of the meetings so far, with one 'push, ' but the 'over' has cashed four of the seven in New York.
The Mets remain at home this weekend for three games against the Cubs, the series concluding with the ESPN Sunday Night encounter that we will preview here at Don Best Sports. Atlanta continues a tough weeklong trek away from home with three in St. Louis.